Cine Payret

Paseo del Marti Prado 503 - 513,
Havana

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guarina
guarina on June 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

This theater was inaugurated on 21 January 1877, owned by opulent Catalonian Joaquín Payret, trying to rival Teatro Tacón. It was consecutively known as Teatro de la Paz and Coliseo Rojo. It is purportedly the first theater in the country to show movies, in 1897. It was rebuilt in 1951. I saw “Canaima” there with Jorge Negrete and Charito Granados. The theater is incorrectly positioned on the street map, it was on Prado and San José.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Boxoffice of January 6, 1954, said that Cine Payret’s recent presentation of “The Robe” was the debut of CinemaScope in Latin America. The strikingly modern lobby of the theater was featured on the cover of the Modern Theatre section of the same issue of Boxoffice.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on August 30, 2010 at 3:18 am

Cine Payret is mentioned in Oscar Hijuelos' new novel “Beautiful Maria of My Soul,” along with a few other theaters in Havana and other parts of Cuba.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 1:00 am

An Eddie Murphy film was playing at the Payret last year. If we’re still trying to demoralize the Cubans, showing them “Norbit” might do it:
http://tinyurl.com/ywk53m

cubanamerican
cubanamerican on August 12, 2007 at 7:33 am

The present building of the Payret Theatre opened in 1951 as a first run movie theatre. It had the distinction of showing the first CinemaScope film made “The Robe” in 1953. It boasted the largest wide screen in Havana, around 60ft. I remember as a child seeing The Robe and was very impressed with the full stereophonic sound. Eventhough the exterior architecture is neo classic, the interior is very modern, with wonderful basrelief figures of the 7 muses on each side of the proscenium. It has approximately 2000 seats, being the largest cinema in Havana. Considering the little maintenance given, it is in fair shape although it needs new carpets and seats. After almost 40 years absence I returned to Havana and attended a show there. The curtains are different and do not enhance the off white auditorium walls bu it still looks as I remember so long ago. Obviously the economic stagnation after the revolution saved this grand dame of movie theaters. They dont make them like this anymore.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 8:55 pm

A recent exterior photograph of the Cine Payret here:
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